Mar 22, 2019

Six people engaged in illegal gem mining arrested

Six suspects have been arrested by the Bogawantalawa Police on charges of illegal gem mining in the Keselgamu Oya in Bogawantalawa yesterday (21).

OIC of Bogawantalawa Police Inspector Shantha Bandara said that the suspects who are residents of Ratnapura engaged in the gem mining at the Keselgamu oya in Theresia estate.

The Bogawantalawa Police says a huge damage has been caused to the environment due to the collapse of the banks of the river as a result of illegal activity.

A racket leader from Bogawantalawa has employed the people to illegal gem mining for a long period of time and equipment used for it have been taken into police custody.

The suspects were to be produced at the Hatton Magistrate's Court, the Bogawantalawa Police stated.